22 Sep Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes are designed to protect and care for elderly individuals who are no longer able to care for themselves. Many offer a comfortable environment to relax and treat residents for their healthcare problems. However, adults with disabilities of all ages are one of the most abused, neglected, and exploited populations in our nation. Over 7,300 cases of abuse involving older and vulnerable adults are reported in Louisiana each year. According to research, this is estimated to be only a fraction of the thousands of cases that occur in our state.
According to the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, it is estimated that for every one case of nursing home abuse, about five more go unreported. If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, you need to take immediate action.
When a nursing home fails to provide proper care, residents can suffer significant physical and psychological damage. Being aware of the signs of neglect can help to prevent or stop it before your loved one suffers greatly. Although the signs can vary depending on the case, a combination of the following could mean a problem:
- Untimely or unexplained death
- Infected bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Unexpected falls
- Unexplained injuries
- Medication errors or overdoses
- Unsanitary or unclean conditions
Changes in behavior:
- Frequent crying
Nursing home residents have a broad scope of rights prescribed by federal and state law. These rights include the right to be treated with dignity, respect and necessary care. If negligence is suspected, family members have up to one year to file a negligence claim.
If you believe that a family member is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we encourage you to get help as soon as possible.
If your loved one passed away suddenly or unexpectedly in a nursing home or residential care facility, and you suspect neglect or abuse was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. We are committed to representing those who have been seriously hurt or suffered a wrongful death involving someone else’s negligence.
Contact Opelousas, Louisiana Attorneys at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess Today for a FREE personal injury consultation.